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Feb
2017

It’s no secret that Junior Leagues of all sizes have raised millions and millions of dollars to support the organizations and institutions that contribute so much to their communities’ wellbeing and civic culture.
Fitting squarely within that tradition is the $1.25-million, five-year commitment of the Junior League of Birmingham to One Place Metro Alabama Family Justice Center in support of its mission to provide coordinated services under one roof to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.
But one of the things that makes JLB’s initiative stand out – at least in …

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Oct
2016

Given the fact that October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, that’s a good question.
Here’s what we know – 35 years after the first awareness month, domestic violence remains a very serious problem. According to data presented by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, it is prevalent in every community and its effects can cross generations. Among the alarming statistics: in the U.S., an average of 20 people are physically abused by intimate partners each minute (more than 10 million abuse victims annually), and on a typical day, domestic violence …

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Aug
2016

Everyone agrees that juvenile crime has wide-ranging implications for young offenders as well as their families and communities. But when members of the Junior League of Collin County saw that “diversion programs” for young first-time offenders were not readily available in their area, they decided to dig deeper. What they discovered was that often the best legal outcome was probation only—with only the traditional probation services.
The question: Why not provide non-violent, first-time offenders with leadership classes to help them in school, in their families and in their communities? What if …

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Nov
2013

It’s called Remembrance Day in Canada (and in other Commonwealth countries) and Veteran’s Day in the U.S., but it all comes down to the same thing: the fighting that killed an estimated 10 million soldiers and 7 million civilians in Europe almost a century ago came to an end on November 11, 1918…and the 11th day of November has ever since been a day to commemorate the event.
But the war also took place at a time of greater civic leadership for women and, while they were not combatants, their roles …